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Something for every fan
on March 23, 2014
I have to admit to being a new fan, both of the genre and the group, so I judge this album without preconceived notions. I have heard most of the older hits on Youtube and Pandora, and I purchased AFTU as well. This is definitely a more "mainstreamed" album: less angry, smoother vocals, more ballad heavy. It's not, however, a bad thing. The first 2 tracks are clearly red meat for fans of the heavy stuff, and you would be hard pressed not to sing along. "For the Night" is a swift change of pace, a no-frills feel-good song. After that, IMO, comes the good stuff. Several high quality tracks in the second half of the album are very consistent with the band's overall lyrical style, conveying a message of perseverance and hope in the middle of harsh world. In the middle of all that, like a speed bump on a smooth road, you get Psycho, a high-energy song meant to rile up a live crowd rather than necessarily satisfy a typical album buyer. It gets your attention, but the album might have been better without. And at the end, Pretty Poison, an obligatory breakup song. All in all, I'd say it's very well rounded and every fan, old and new, should get something. Not everyone will like every song, but there are 14 of them, and skip button is always there for your convenience.
I am very happy to have discovered this band, and I hope they do well on their new label. A highly recommended album.